Oscar's 25 Gayest Moments
By Jeffrey Epstein
Jaye Davidson wins a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his trans turn in The Crying Game.
At the 1993 ceremony Elizabeth Taylor beseeches the audience to embrace AIDS as a cause. At the time it was still considered a 'gay disease' and not something people wanted to talk about. 'Tonight I am asking for your help,' she said. 'I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate. That our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame. That our sensitivity to those in need is stronger than our greed.'
Tom Hanks accidentally outs his high school drama teacher when accepting the Oscar for his performance in Philadelphia. The moment would later serve as the basis for the comedy In & Out.
Trevor, a film about a 13-year-old boy discovering his sexuality (and attempting suicide) wins the Oscar for Best Live Action Short. Trevor begat The Trevor Project, which runs the nation's only 24-hour suicide hotline for LGBT youth.
When designer Lizzie Gardiner accepts the Oscar for costume design in 1995, she wears a dress made entirely out of American Express Gold cards. The only thing gayer is the movie she won for: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Out writer/director Bill Condon accepts the award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1999 for Gods & Monsters, based on the life of gay director James Whale. 'Sixty years ago Hollywood sort of turned its back on him because he insisted on living the way he wanted to,' said Condon in his acceptance speech, 'so, Mr. Jimmy, this is for you.'